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Aug 02, 2010, 06:54 PM
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HMS Snake 18 gun ship-sloop 1797 1/64 scale

Hello Shipmates!

because we can never have too many irons in the fire here is my latest project.
After building several quite successfully sailing square riggers with either carved out solid hulls or bread and butter style built up hulls, i thought it high time to start and try a proper planked model.

Searching for a suitable model i fell in love with the Caldercraft/Jotika Ltd. HMS Snake kit in 1/64 scale. I like the hull lines a lot, she is beamy and has a not too shallow draft hull to give you some displacement to work with for a RC conversion. I was torn between the Cruiser (like SC&Hs Cruiser class Brig) and Snake which share the same hull, and only differ in their rig (Brig vs. ship rigged) but the Snake kit has been updated recently and so the decision fell for Snake

A direct conversion of the Tonnage of the real ship to scaled down to teh scale of the model gives a rough estimate of teh displacement of 1,4kg total that should be do able.

She will have 3 channels:
Fore and Headsails winch servo (all sails forward of CE)
Main,Mizzen and spanker sheet whinch servo (all sails aft of CE)

The RC equipment weight about 250g using a 2 cell Lipo to run the RX and a UBEC, I want to have a ballast weight of at least 500g so i`ll have a weigth budget fo the rest of the ship of about 700g. Pretty tight, but we will see.

So far i have reduced all the bulkheads to frames to save weigth and the keel part also got reduced for gaining space and also weight saving.
I have assembled the basic hull skeleton and am going to place the hatches for access between Fore and main mast and 1 between main and mizzen. The rudder servo will be hidden under the poop deck and accessible with the poopdeck removed.

below is the state of the build so far..
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Aug 02, 2010, 08:11 PM
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Very nice, your craftsmanship just gets better and better.
Aug 03, 2010, 03:36 AM
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very nice, but how do you hull is going to be watertight.

I see a lot of gaps between your boards.
Aug 03, 2010, 04:31 AM
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thats just the first layer of planking, and the gaps are actually filled with glue. But yea i guess i should bevel teh planks to give them a better fit with less gaps..
There will be a second thinner layer of planking that will be layed so as to overlapp the first layer.
Aug 04, 2010, 08:44 AM
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This is looking really good. Very excite to see your progress.
You just keep pushing them through, way cool
Aug 04, 2010, 07:21 PM
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Thanks Cac, hows your Scotish maid going ? I hope i`ll get my plankign done as good as you did yours !

Did another 2 strakes per side tonight. took me about 1:10 to do. Tomorrow i`ll have a day off and its rain forcast so i`m hoping to get some more done then. There is still about 11 strakes a side left to finish.. and well thats just teh first planking
Aug 05, 2010, 06:16 AM
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another 2 strakes a side layed.. the next few planks should need very little taper and no stealers, so i hope to get a few more in in the evening.
Aug 05, 2010, 01:26 PM
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hello meatbomber

very nice model!

how long is the hull?

regards gerald
Aug 05, 2010, 02:32 PM
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Tanks Gerald
She is 476mm length on deck and 145mm beam
Aug 05, 2010, 11:37 PM
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Scottish Maid is going a little slow currently. Busy with work.
Half of the mold is compete. Fingers crossed I can complete the mold next week.
Your planking is coming along pretty good. Looking forward to seeing it under sail.

Aug 06, 2010, 05:04 PM
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some more planking getting done..
Aug 08, 2010, 02:08 PM
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and some more planking... anyone have a good tip how to go about teh last few strakes ??
Aug 10, 2010, 03:24 AM
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Hi MB,

very nice project ! Will watch that thread very close !

Aug 10, 2010, 07:22 AM
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and some more planking... anyone have a good tip how to go about teh last few strakes ??
no tips ,just do it
Aug 10, 2010, 09:08 AM
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Normally, you start at the bottom with the "garboard strake" and work up.

It doesn't matter much if you're putting on a second layer - just get it covered any way you can. The second layer is supposed to be neat and proper. Of course, if you're gonna paint it, that doesn't matter much either.

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